Former Shujaa stalwarts Amonde, Ouma to feature in Rugby Tens Championship

Former Shujaa stalwarts Amonde, Ouma to feature in Rugby Tens Championship

Amonde, who retired from Shujaa in 2021, played at the 2013 and 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s, and was the captain when Kenya won its maiden World Sevens Series title at the 2016 Singapore Sevens. He is a two time Olympian (2016 & 2020).

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Former Kenya Sevens internationals Andrew Amonde and Oscar Ouma headline a contingent of seven Kenyans who have been lined up for the Rugby Tens Championship taking place in South Africa in slightly under three weeks time.

Amonde, who retired from Shujaa in 2021, played at the 2013 and 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s, and was the captain when Kenya won its maiden World Sevens Series title at the 2016 Singapore Sevens. He is a two time Olympian (2016 & 2020).

Ouma was also a Kenya Sevens mainstay between 2010 and 2018, featuring at the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s. 

The other Kenyans who will feature on the roster of participating teams include Kenya Women’s 7s captain Judith Auma, Grace Adhiambo, Stellah Wafula and double Olympian Janet Okello as well as Jeff Mutuku.

Starting out in Pretoria on October 7-8, before moving on to Stellenbosch on October 14-15, the series original four franchises (Balkans Honey Badgers, Cape Town Wild Dogs, San Clemente Rhinos, Serengeti Elephants are joined starting with this year by the historic Blue Bulls Rugby Union. Founded in 1938, the province has joined the competition and will showcase the region’s wealth of talent, while offering its women a first opportunity to play rugby at a professional level.

Over the two weekends of action, players will also compete for the Championship Franchise Trophy and R 200,000 prize (Ksh 1,362,490), which is akin to Formula 1’s Constructors Championship, meaning that every team’s contribution to the cause will matter.

Notable Players:

Australia National Teams and Professional Clubs: Natalie Wright (Queensland Reds), Kaitlin Shave (Brisbane Broncos), Georgia Hannaway (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Nathan den Hoedt (LA Giltinis, MLR), Sama Malolo

Austria National Team: Elena-Riccarda Hennig

Canada National Team: Oliver Nott (Toronto Arrows, MLR), Kainoa Lloyd (San Diego Legion, MLR), Brock Gallagher (Loggerheads, PR Sevens), Josh Larsen (New England Free Jacks, MLR)

England National Teams and Professional Clubs: Ellen Ramsbottom (Loughborough Lightning, Allianz premier 15s)

Fiji National Teams: Adi Vani Buleki (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Reapi Ulunisau (2020 Olympics), Viniana Riwai (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Rusila Nagasau (2016 & 2020 Olympics)

France National Teams and Professional Clubs: Luca Mignot (University of Bath, BUCS Super Rugby), Marie Saluzzo (Stade Francais), Kelegh Moutome( HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Romeo Ponge Prince (Berre)

Ireland National Teams and Professional Clubs: Anne Caplice (2017 RWC), David Busby (Seattle Seawolves, MLR), Patrick O’Toole (NOLA Gold, MLR), John Poland (New England Free Jacks, MLR)

Jamaica National Teams: Jack Rampton (2022 RWC7s), Matthew Coore

Japan National Teams and Professional Clubs: Chiharu Nakamura (2016 & 2020 Olympic Games, 2018 & 2022 RWC7s)

Kenya National Teams: Andrew Amonde (2013 & 2018 RWC7s) Oscar Ouma (2013 RWC7s), Grace Adhiambo (2020 Olympics), Stellah Wafula (2020 Olympics), Judith Okumu (2020 Olympics), Janet Okelo (2016 & 2020 Olympics), Jeff Mukutu

Mexico National Team: Isabel Gonzalez Burgos (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series)

Namibia National Team: Wynand Breytenbach

Netherlands National Teams and Professional Clubs: Pleuni Kievit (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Jordan Heil (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Timon Vijn (Loggerheads, Premier Rugby Sevens)

New Zealand National Teams and Professional Clubs: Rebekah Cordero Tufuga (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Angus Fletcher, Shakira Baker (2014 RWC, 2018 RWC7s, 2016 Olympics), Marcelle Parkes, Rhiarna Ferris, Harmony Ioane, Grace Steinmetz

Poland National Team: Anna Klichowska (2022 RWC7s), Natalia Pamieta (2022 RWC7s)

South Africa National Teams: Branco du Preez (2013 RWC7s), Marithy Pienaar (2018 RWC7s), Lorinda Brown(HSBC World Cup Sevens Series), Mathrin Simmers (2022 RWC7s), Nomsa Mokwai (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Felicia Jacobs (2022 RWC7s), Kirsten Conrad (HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series), Ryno Benjamin (2009 & 2013 RWC7s)

Sweden National Teams and Professional Clubs: Minonna Nunstedt, Amanda Swartz

Trinidad and Tobago National Team: Jonathan Taylor

Tunisia: Mariam Mekni

Uganda National Team: Ian Munyani

USA National Teams and Major League Rugby: Matai Leuta (2018 RWC7s), Cyrille Cama (LA Giltinis, MLR) , Elizabeth Tafuna (USA Falcons 7s), Ryan James (LA Giltinis, MLR)

Zimbabwe National Team: Hilton Mudariki (Zimbabwe Goshawks), Biselele Tshamala (Zimbabwe Goshawks)

- With additional reporting from SA Rugby Magazine

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